2013-01-03 / Front Page

Emergency Landing at Giddings Airport

Four people survive the scare of a lifetime

Four people flying from Pearland outside of Houston to Georgetown last Saturday evening got what must have been the scare of a lifetime when the single engine plane they were in began to shut down, forcing an emergency landing.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by air traffic control regarding the unscheduled landing at the Giddings Airport. The air traffic control center requested someone from the Sheriff’s Office go to the airport to check out the incident, so Sheriff Rodney Meyer and Deputy Crockett responded to the call.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Dr. Jeevan Perera, 47 of Pearland, was piloting the Gruman Tiger at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday when the plane suffered a complete electronic power failure. Perera made an emergency landing at the Giddings Airport, as a result of the power failure.

The report indicated that the plane took a nose dive once the instruments died, so Perera chose to land at Giddings, which he learned from the FAA, was the closest airport to them at the time the trouble began.

While the airplane suffered some damage to the propeller and to the front landing gear during the emergency landing, Perera and the three other passengers in the plane were shacken up, but not injured in the incident.

The Sheriff’s report indicated that the FAA investigated the accident on Sunday, December 30, and, as of Monday, the plane was still on the tarmac at Giddings Airport. Perera, who is the owner of the plane, speculated that the insurance company would also investigate before having the wings removed from the plane in order to have it hauled back to the Houston area.

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